Post # 1
I’ve been missing in action lately–just moved to a new state, started a new job, and grad school starts in 2 weeks so things have been hectic. Originally we didn’t think we’d get to take a honeymoon since we didn’t know if we’d be able to use vacation time, but things worked out and we’re doing a 6 day trip: flying into Boston and then driving up through Maine and have planned on hitting Portland, Augusta & Bar Harbor. Figured I’d pop in and see if anyone had any suggestions since I’ve never been to Maine (my sister lives in Boston and I’ve been once, but I’ve got no real clue in Maine).
Any advice would be appreciated. We’ll be going the last week in October so hopefully there will still be beautiful fall foliage going on! Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
We did basically the same thing, drove into Boston and drove up to Maine. We stayed in Boston for 2 days and then drove up to Boothbay Harbor, which I highly recommend. We stayed there for the rest of our trip, 4 nights in Maine total. It had a great place for shopping, great restaurants, whale watching tours, sailing tours…it was great. We easily filled our entire time there.
Post # 3
CinqueTerre : Why do you want to go to Augusta? Just because it’s the state capital? Or is there something there that you want to see specifically?
I’m from Maine and have been all over the state. I’d skip Augusta unless there is something you really want to see there. There isn’t much there otherwise. I’d do Boothbay Harbor or Damariscotta instead. That’ll give you a nice tour of costal Maine. If you’re interested in seeing the interior of the state, I’d do Baxter State Park/Mt. Katadin. And definitely check out Acadia National Park, it’s beautiful.
Post # 4
We went last year the second week of October and it was amazing! It was a bucket list trip for me to see the fall foliage. We stayed 12 days and went from Boston to Salem and hit the following places driving up the coast of Maine– Newburyport, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Two Lights State Park, and Harts….then we drove east through New Hampshire and hit Livermore, Lincoln, Franconia Notch State Park (where Darling Husband proposed!), Flume Gorge, Manchester, and then back down to Boston. We took an amazing scenic drive on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway. The other places were also very scenic, with overlooks, covered bridges and lighthouses.
Here is Franconia Notch State Park…..
Have a great trip! I’m jealous! I want to go back!
Post # 5
hi from new hampshire! i’d skip augusta, and stick with portland, boothbay harbor, and bar harbor. on the way up, i’d also stop in portsmouth, new hampshire, and some of the beaches in maine on the way up
Post # 6
I love Camden. No reason, it’s just the kind of place that’s easy to love. I think it’s less touristy than some of the other destinations mentioned.
Post # 7
I live in Maine and there are so many nice places. I would definitely stop in the Old Port in Portland. There are so many great restaurants and hotels. Darling Husband and I like the Grill Room for dinner, we got married at Boone’s. You could also head over to Peak’s Island, which is just a quick ferry ride from Portland. The Regency is a great hotel, and so is the Portland Harbor Hotel. If you are here in October you might be able to do a haunted walking tour of the Old Port if you would enjoy it. Or you could do a wine or beer tour. There are so many breweries here.
I second the Camden/Rockland area. The Samoset is a fun place to stay. http://www.samosetresort.com/
I also like Boothbay, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. I don’t think there is a ton of sightseeing opportunities in Augusta though.
This might help you with the foliage http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects/fall_foliage/index.shtml
It might be helpful to keep in mind that I-95 is a toll road, I-295 and Route 1 (which run parallel to I-95) and free to drive on. On your way north you could also stop in Freeport, at the flagship LLBean store and see the giant boot. This is not romantic in any way, but is a tourist attraction and Freeport is a nice town with a lot of shopping and restaurants.
Post # 8
orange1 : Ah! You reminded me about Freeport!
OP- If you decide to go to Freeport, I really recommend the brunch at the Harraseeket Inn. It’s amazing.
Post # 9
CinqueTerre : I’d skip Augusta. Enjoy the drive along the coast, hit Freeport instead.
At Portland there is a wonderful park – Fort William Park – with a much photographed lighthouse (Portland Head Light) and a great path along the coastline.
Just south of there at Cape Elizabeth there is a restaurant called the Lobster Shack, terrific food and you can eat outside at picnic tables on the rocky coastline. It’s gorgeous! We go there every time we travel to Maine.
Post # 10
ljm308 : SithLady : mrsbclark : gravity523 : ann.reid.9277 : orange1 : Oh my gosh, thank you all so much for your help so far! The only reason we were going to do Augusta is because it is the capital and it was on our way, but now that you’ve given us other areas, and so many people recommended against it, we’re going to skip it and go to one of the other places you lovely people recommended! I’m off to go research Boothbay, Damariscotta, Camden, etc. now–thanks again! 🙂
Post # 11
I really loved Portland. Also, Acadia National Park is amazing, if you like nature. I loved the hiking trails there, and I also loved just sitting on the top of a mountain watching the lobster boats check their traps. There is something mesmerizing about it – lol.
Post # 12
Portland is a must, so many amazing restaurants (check out Cenral Provisions or Eventide Oyster). Cute artsy town. I’d also suggest Ogunquit for a more relaxing romantic experience. Kennebunkport is adorable as well.
Post # 13
I was going to say Boothbay Harbor, but several Bees beat me to it.
Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks are also very nice!
Post # 14
I used to live in Maine!! And just took my now Fiance to Maine and Boston on a trip a few months ago (we actually got engaged in Acadia National Park!) 🙂 So it is a really fun place.
We stayed at the Weststreet Hotel in Bar Harbor and LOVED it. We wish we had stayed longer in Maine and less in Boston just since it was more relaxing and cheaper. Maine has so many fun restaurants too. Definitely try to check out Bar Harbor and Acadia if you can and see Cadillac Mountain!
Bar Harbor at night!
On Cadillac Mountain!